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OfflineAtticusProphet
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Who is Dr. Johnson?
    #8798617 - 08/19/08 11:47 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

"He who makes a beast out of himself gets rid of the pain of being a man"-Dr. Johnson

At the beginning of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
I've always wondered this but didn't want to ask a stupid question


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Re: Who is Dr. Johnson? [Re: AtticusProphet]
    #8798631 - 08/19/08 11:50 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

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A towering figure of 18th century English literature, Samuel Johnson (also known as Dr. Johnson) gained fame from his conversation and wit as much as from his writings. The son of a bookseller, Johnson moved to London in the 1730s and tried to make a living as a writer. He had modest success writing poems, political essays and plays during the 1740s, but after his publication of A Dictionary of the English Language (1755) he was a national sensation. His social life for many years revolved around Henry and Hester Thrale, who hosted parties where Johnson and others -- including James Boswell -- could engage in intellectual discussions. Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson (1791) ensured Johnson's place in history. Other works by Johnson include his essays for The Rambler (1750-52) and The Idler (1758-60), an eight-volume edition of the works of William Shakespeare (1765), and The Lives of the Poets (1779-81).

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" is one of Johnson's most famous quips.



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Re: Who is Dr. Johnson? [Re: Entropymancer]
    #8798638 - 08/19/08 11:52 PM (9 years, 8 months ago)

And for other quotent quotables: http://www.quotationspage.com/quotes/Samuel_Johnson


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Re: Who is Dr. Johnson? [Re: Entropymancer]
    #8798703 - 08/20/08 12:05 AM (9 years, 8 months ago)

I liked those quotes very much.

Thanks.


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If it is life that you feel you are missing I can tell you where to find it.  In the law courts, in business, in government.  There is nothing occurring in the streets. Nothing but a dumbshow composed of the helpless and the impotent.    -Cormac MacCarthy

He who learns must suffer. And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.  - Aeschylus


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Re: Who is Dr. Johnson? [Re: Madtowntripper]
    #8798749 - 08/20/08 12:15 AM (9 years, 8 months ago)

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Men have been wise in many different modes; but they have always laughed the same way.




i like that one
pretty smart guy
thnx entropymancer


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Re: Who is Dr. Johnson? [Re: AtticusProphet]
    #8798781 - 08/20/08 12:22 AM (9 years, 8 months ago)

No, thank you.  I had no idea who he was before you asked the question.  Seems like quite a canny fellow.

I particularly like these:

"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful."

"In order that all men may be taught to speak truth, it is necessary that all likewise should learn to hear it."


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Re: Who is Dr. Johnson? [Re: AtticusProphet]
    #8798944 - 08/20/08 12:59 AM (9 years, 8 months ago)

I really like Dr. Johnson's quote.  Anyone know if he lived up to the quote's seeming reputation in real life?


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